Jackie (2016)

I watched this movie recently I really liked how the actress showed all the emotions, great acting.

Plot: The film begins with Jackie Kennedy receiving a journalist for an interview at her home. After some small talk and introductory questions, the journalist turns to his inquiries about the assassination and its aftermath for Jackie and her family. In a series of flashbacks, Jackie is shown in her emotional reaction to the events of the assassination and her interaction with members of the White Houseclose to the President. Lyndon Johnson and his wife Lady Bird are shown comforting Jackie in the aftermath. Robert Kennedy soon appears to help her, in planning the funeral and looking after the family. Jackie is especially concerned for the well-being of the children in adjusting to the loss of their father. As the film returns several times to the journalist interviewing Jackie, she makes clear that she maintains the right to control which parts of the interview may come to press and which parts are to be withheld.

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9/10

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Ministry of Love (2016)

Movie full of funny moments maybe just for people who understand this language, but either way, great story about Croatian people and gouverment that is not very different from reality.

Plot: A razor sharp comedy all about relationships and red tape. Kreso is at a loose end. A fully qualified biologist, he’s about to hit middle age, disillusioned, out of work and stuck in a marriage that should probably never have started. At least his son still looks up to him. Meanwhile, the country’s cash-strapped government is busily looking for unique ways to save money, and now, over 20 years after the 1990’s war, sets its sights on the widows of fallen soldiers. Anyone unmarried but in a new relationship will no longer be allowed a military pension. Enforcing such an unpopular measure requires a new department: The Ministry of Love, whose purpose will be to gather information on any widows breaking the new law. With nothing to lose, Kreso agrees to be put forward by his pushy father in law. The only problem is, together with his eccentric partner, Sikic, he’s completely the wrong man for the job.

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At first he doesn’t want to do the job but later they end up competing with other co-workers and they develop different stories about who they are, like they work in ensurance company for couples and married people. Everything was fine, they had the best score, until Kreso meets young widow who shares his passion for biology. They had a date and they liked each other. At work he had to sign that she can’t have the military pension. After hearing the news she was pissed and ended with him. At home, after a long trip, his wife admits to cheat, likewise Kreso said he cheated too.

9/10

Split (2016)

Very interesting movie. One some parts a bit boring and disappointing, but really into this different personalities, great actor.

Plot; Casey Cooke is an emotionally withdrawn teenager, having been molested as a child by her uncle John, who became her legal guardian after her father’s death. While hanging out with her classmates Claire and Marcia, the three are kidnapped by Kevin Wendell, a man suffering from dissociative identity disorder. Kevin has been evaluated by psychologist Dr. Karen Fletcher, who discovered that he formed multiple personalities as a means to cope with the abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother. While Kevin appears otherwise stable, Dr. Fletcher has identified 23 distinct personalities within Kevin; in his mind, these personalities sit in chairs in a room, waiting for their turn “in the light” (controlling Kevin’s body) as directed by “Barry”, the dominant personality. She has also found that Kevin’s physiology changes when a new personality comes into the light. Recently, “Barry” has refused to allow “Dennis” or “Patricia” their turns, in part due to Dennis’ tendencies towards bothering underage girls and Patricia’s undesirable traits, and also because both appear to worship “The Beast”, a yet-unseen 24th personality. Regardless of which personality is controlling Kevin, Dr. Fletcher can call forth Kevin’s own personality by speaking his full name to him.

Kevin takes the girls to his underground quarters and secures them in a cell. They recognize his personality disorder, and Claire attempts to use this against Kevin to escape but is caught by “Dennis” and segregated from the others. Over several days, Kevin leaves them locked up while he goes off to work and attends appointments with Dr. Fletcher. During these meetings, Dr. Fletcher recognizes that “Dennis” has seemingly taken over the dominant personality from “Barry”, though he tries to act as “Barry” to fool her. She recalls an incident that “Barry” told her about a month before, where two teenage girls had walked up to him, taken his hands and placed them on their breasts, which may have triggered “Dennis” to take over. Dr. Fletcher suspects that Kevin, as “Dennis”, is responsible for the three missing teenagers.

During this time, Marcia also attempts to escape but is caught by “Patricia” and segregated. Casey befriends “Hedwig”, a young boy personality of Kevin’s; it is later revealed that “Hedwig” has complete control over “the light”, and has provided “Dennis” and “Patricia” with control. She gets “Hedwig” to let her out of her cell to see his bedroom, believing that there may be a means of escape through “Hedwig’s” window but finds that it is only a drawing of a window. She is able to convince “Hedwig” to give her a walkie-talkie. She uses it to call for help, but the person at the other end of the walkie doesn’t believe her, thinking that someone is playing a joke. Before she can convince the person that she is serious, “Patricia” takes over Kevin’s body and subdues Casey.

Dr. Fletcher shows up at Kevin’s home, where he reveals that “The Beast” is real and that he has met him. Suspicious of “Dennis”, Dr. Fletcher feigns needing the bathroom to look around his home, where she finds Claire in her cell, but before she can do anything, “Dennis” catches her, sprays her face with a sedative in an aerosol can, and secures her in a separate room. He then leaves. While out, “The Beast” personality takes over for the first time, giving Kevin super-human abilities, while Claire and Marcia attempt to escape from their cells. Dr. Fletcher regains consciousness long enough to write out Kevin’s full name on a piece of paper before “The Beast” returns and kills her. Casey escapes from her cell, only to find that “The Beast” has already attacked and eaten Marcia and watches in horror as he does the same to Claire.

Casey finds Dr. Fletcher’s body and her note on the piece of paper. “The Beast” approaches her, but she calls out Kevin’s full name, bringing Kevin forth. Upon learning of the situation and realizing that he hasn’t been in control of his body for two years, Kevin instructs Casey to kill him with his shotgun. Following this statement, all 24 personalities begin warring for control of “the light”, but shortly thereafter “The Beast” personality takes hold again. Casey escapes from his quarters into an underground tunnel and shoots him twice, but the shells have little effect. She locks herself in a small caged area. “The Beast” finds her and is about to pull the bars open to attack her but sees faded scars across her body, a sign of her past emotional turmoil and self harm. Having previously declared his plans to rid the world of the “untouched”, those whose hearts are impure because they have never suffered in their lives, he considers Casey to be “pure” and spares her, disappearing from the tunnels.

Sometime later, Casey is rescued and learns that she was being held at the Philadelphia Zoo, where Kevin had been an employee. Casey is asked by a police officer if she is ready to return home with her uncle. She hesitates to answer. In another hideout, “Dennis”, “Patricia”, and “Hedwig” exert collective control over Kevin’s body and admire the power of “The Beast” and their plans to change the world.

In a diner, several patrons watch the news as a reporter states that Kevin’s personalities have earned him the nickname “The Horde”. A female patron notes the similarity between Kevin and a wheelchair-bound criminal who was incarcerated 15 years earlier. As she tries to remember the nickname he was given, a man sitting next to her, David Dunn, tells her that it was “Mr. Glass”.

7/10

Wonder (2017)

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I must say Wonder is one of my favorite stories and if I ever have kids I want to read them about Auggie. I’ve read the book and started the second one and loving it.

Plot: August “Auggie” Pullman is a fifth-grade boy living in North River Heights in upper Manhattan. He has a rare medical facial deformity, which he refers to as “mandibulofacial dysostosis.” Due to numerous surgeries, Auggie had been home-schooled by his mother Isabel, but as Auggie is approaching middle school age, Isabel and Nate decide to enroll him in Beecher Prep, a private school, for the start of middle school. At first, Auggie is ostracized by nearly all the student body, but he is soon befriended by a boy named Jack.

During Halloween, Auggie wears an old “Ghostface” mask and costume because his dog, Daisy, threw up on his “Boba Fett” costume. Unrecognized, he walks around school knowing he would not get tormented while incognito. As he walks through the door to his homeroom he overhears Jack telling Julian Albans that he was “only pretending to be friends with Auggie.” Feeling betrayed, Auggie wants to stay home during trick-or-treating, but his older sister Olivia, nicknamed “Via,” talks him out of it. Auggie later confides the incident to another friend, a girl named Summer, but swears her to secrecy. When Jack notices that Auggie has become quiet and distant he asks Summer why, but she only says “Ghost Face” to give him a clue. Jack is shocked when it dawns on him that it was Auggie wearing the Ghost Face costume, and thus had overheard everything he said to Julian. When Julian calls Auggie a “freak,” Jack angrily punches him in the face and a fight ensues between the two, which is soon broken up by Mr. Browne and Ms. Petosa. Jack is suspended for two days for his actions, apologizes to Auggie, and the two reconcile.

During the rest of the school year, Auggie is repeatedly bullied by Julian and his group; they leave hurtful and threatening notes on his desk and tape to his locker their class picture with Auggie photoshopped out. Mr. Tushman, confronts Julian and his parents using all the evidence; Julian’s mother proclaims that she had Auggie edited out of the photo to make it look more presentable to her friends at home. She then says that other students should not be exposed to Auggie. Despite her threats to pull their funding from the school, Tushman suspends Julian for two days. Julian, who stands to lose all his friends, apologizes to Tushman for humiliating Auggie, as his mother drags him out the door.

Meanwhile, Via signs up for Drama Club at her high school after her best friend, Miranda, ignores her; in the process, she meets Justin, with whom she develops a close friendship which later turns into a relationship. Later, Via is selected to be an understudy for the lead role in the school’s production of “Our Town,” but when Miranda, the lead actress, pretends to fall ill, Via takes her place and gives a performance that earns her a standing ovation.

During a school trip to a nature reserve, when Auggie and Jack are accosted and threatened by a group of seventh graders from another school, several of Julian’s friends come to their defense. After their return to school, Auggie is generally more accepted by his classmates, including most of Julian’s former friends. At the year’s end during the graduation ceremony, Tushman announces that Auggie has been selected for the Henry Ward Beecher Medal for standing out; Auggie receives a standing ovation, and the movie ends with everyone applauding Auggie, and Isabel commenting on him being a “wonder.”

100/10

Molly’s Game (2017)

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I watched this movie in a movie theater. I didn’t want to watch this movie but a friend wanted it so bad, so I said yes and didn’t regret it. The movie was excellent, the acting and everything, really. I didn’t know it was real and that there is really a Molly Bloom out there who really did everything shown in the movie.

Plot; Molly Bloom is world-class moguls skier with Olympic aspirations, the result of years of enforced training from her overbearing father. In a qualifying event for the 2002 Winter Olympics, Molly is severely injured, ending her career.

Instead of following her original plan of attending law school, Molly decides to take a year off and move to Los Angeles. Once she arrives, she becomes a bottle-service waitress at a club, where she meets Dean, an ostentatious but unsuccessful real estate developer. She becomes his office manager, and he soon involves her in running his underground poker games. Many famous and wealthy individuals, such as movie stars, investment bankers, and sports players are involved in Dean’s game. Molly earns large sums of money on tips alone.

Molly is initially uninformed on poker topics, but quickly learns how to appeal to the players to gain tips. In particular, she hopes to please the most successful player, Player X, by attracting new players to the game. Dean, upon seeing that Molly is becoming increasingly independent in running the games, attempts to control her, and then fires her. Molly, having gained the contacts through years of running the game, decides to create her own poker games. She rents a penthouse at a hotel, and hires a staff to help her run games. Additionally, she contacts employees at clubs and casinos to try and spread word about her poker games. Player X, along with many other players, decide to leave Dean’s games to play for Molly. Molly becomes increasingly successful, gaining more money while being pressured to raise the stakes for her games. Harlan Eustice, a conservative gambler who becomes increasingly compulsive, joins her game. Despite heavy losses, Eustice continues to play; Molly finds out that Player X has been funding his losses to keep him in the game. After Molly berates him for his unethical actions, Player X decides to change to Dean’s game, where the other players join him; Molly is left without any players for her poker games.

Molly moves to New York, with the hope of beginning a new underground poker game. After reaching out to many wealthy New Yorkers, Molly finds enough players for several weekly games. Despite continuous success, she is unable to cover her losses when players cannot pay. Her dealer convinces her to begin taking a percentage of large pots, allowing her to recuperate her potential losses. One of her Los Angeles players is indicted for running a Ponzi scheme; Molly is investigated and questioned as to who attended her games. At this time, Molly becomes increasingly addicted to drugs as the games have increasingly taken their toll. Her players also begin to include wealthy individuals from the Russian mafia, among others. She is approached by several Italian mafia members, who offer their services to extort money from non-paying players. After she declines, she is attacked in her home, where she is held at gunpoint and her mother’s life is threatened. As she is about to return to her poker games, the FBI conducts a raid, a result of Douglas Downey, one of her players, acting as an informant. Molly’s assets are seized, and she returns home to live with her mother.

Two years later, Molly has published a book where she names few individuals that played in her games, and has recently moved out. She is arrested by the FBI, and indicted for involvement in illegal gambling with the mafia. She enlists the help of Charlie Jaffey, a high-profile and expensive lawyer in New York, who agrees to help after Molly claims she has over $2 million in unclaimed gambling debts. While in New York awaiting trial, Molly’s father, Larry, seeks her out, and attempts to reconcile with her. He admits that he was overbearing, and that he treated Molly differently than her brothers because she had known about his affairs. Charlie reads Molly’s book, and becomes interested in helping her case, as he feels she has not committed serious enough wrongdoing to merit a prison term. Charlie negotiates a deal for Molly to receive no sentence and her money returned in exchange for her hard drives and digital records from gambling. Molly declines this deal, fearing for the information about her players that would be released, and pleads guilty. The judge, arguing that she had committed no serious crimes, sentences her to community service, probation, and a $200,000 fine.

9/10

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My Life in Ruins (2009)

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I really find this movie nice, funny and educative. Nice showing that love can be anywhere.

Plot: Georgia (Nia Vardalos) is a Greek American teacher who came to Greece to teach at a local college about Classic Greece. However, budget cuts caused her to be laid off and forced her to get a job as tour guide. She believes she has hit rock bottom when she loses her passion in everything. Informed by her boss, Maria (Bernice Stegers), that she ranks poorly as a guide because the tourists think she’s boring, Georgia finds herself leading a tour around Greece with an assorted group of misfit tourists whom she believes is a failure since they seem to care more about buying T-shirts than learning about history and culture. Instead, she wishes to have a good group of Canadian tourists whom seems to be more engaged in history and culture than wanting to go shopping for souvenirs and hang out at the beach. Maria disagrees with Georgia’s assessment, informing her that they are more interested in Nico (Alistair McGowan), a rival male tour guide also working for Maria because he’s engaging in tours. As Georgia’s tour departs, her driver is injured in an accident and is replaced by another driver, Poupi (Alexis Georgoulis).

In a clash of personalities and cultures, everything seems to go wrong and Georgia is on the verge of quitting as she can’t connect with the group to get them to appreciate Greece and its culture. This is made worse when she voices her disgust with Maria for favoring Nico over her in letting his group stay in better hotels than her group. After being ignored again, Georgia decides to send a letter to inform her that she’s quitting at the end of her tour and Maria can find another tour guide more tolerant to her and Nico.

One day, an older traveller named Irv Gideon (Richard Dreyfuss), helps Georgia see why she can’t connect with the group: she finds them annoying and is bored with her current job. Therefore, he shows her how to have fun and teach her how to be more engaging to the tourists. This helps Georgia learn more about the current group of tourists she has and open her eyes to the different places where they come from. In doing so, she also teaches them the origins of the Olympic Games, which they take genuine interest in. While they become more immersed in Greek culture, Poupi begins to show interest in Georgia. However, Georgia’s antics distract him while driving, and he narrowly avoids causing an accident on the road. At the hotel they’re staying at, Georgia’s female members of her group manages to stall a hurt Nico as Georgia, Irv and Poupi secretly sabotage his tour bus by stealing the air conditioning from it to install in her own bus. As the group begins to enjoy themselves at the beach, Irv becomes sick and they take him to the hospital. Georgia is unsure if she should continue and is concerned for Irv’s health until Poupi encourages her to do so.

During her group’s tour of the Parthenon, Georgia tells them why she likes coming there because at the right time, she could feel the wind from the ruins. While his own group looks around, Nico confronts Georgia and her group. Georgia realizes she ended up with the better group when he reveals that without air conditioning on his tour bus, Nico got a serious headache from having to hear his group complaining the entire time and he never bothered getting to know them. When Nico openly insults his group in front of Georgia and her group by calling them Americans, the Canadians are offended by this and start trying to beat him up. Georgia and her group visit the hospital where Irv is recovering well. At night when the group is celebrating the farewell party at a Greek buffet, Maria confronts Georgia for the letter and convinces her to stay with a promise of a raise after she produces the review logs with good reviews with her current group of tourists. She even admitted that she was glad Nico quit since she never liked being around him and only tolerated Nico because she knew his parents very well. Georgia begins a relationship with Poupi.

9/10

 

The Constitution (2016)

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I love this movie because it really shows Croatian mentality, not generalizing but most people opinion about the lgbt community in Croatia is not that good especially with older people and by older I mean like maybe +40. It is that bad. The movie shows that you have to meet a person before you judge by any cause. I recommend you to watch it.

Plot; The film is a story of four people who live in the same apartment building in downtown Zagreb, but are wary of each other because they don’t share the same ethnic and religious backgrounds and sexual preferences. Vjeko Kralj (Nebojša Glogovac), a high school professor and a transvestite, is beaten in the street by a group of hooligans. In the hospital, he accidentally meets his neighbor Maja Samardžić (Ksenija Marinković), who works there as a nurse. After Vjeko is released, she continues to look after him and his dying father. She then asks Vjeko to help her husband Ante (Dejan Aćimović), who is a police officer, to pass the Croatian Constitution exam. Problems soon arise because Ante is an ethnic Serb, while Vjeko is an ardent Croatian nationalist. Slowly and painfully, they begin to open and recognize each other as human beings.

10/10